Keep in mind when watching the sitcoms “Martin,” and “Dwelling Single” or the variability present “In Dwelling Colour” meant that it was the tip of the day and it was time to have fun? Or when Tyra Banks gave her now iconic “We had been rooting for you!” rant on “America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin?”
On “Again Difficulty,” a podcast produced by Pineapple Road Studios, Tracy Clayton, 38, and Josh Gwynn, 32, rewind to among the popular culture moments they’ve all the time needed to know extra about, with an authority on the episode at their facet.
Through the first episode, which premiered in late August, Ms. Clayton and Mr. Gwynn mentioned a lot of Ms. Banks’s choices whereas she was on the helm of the “America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin” manufacturing with Jay Manuel, a inventive director on the present. The second episode featured Tommy Davidson, a breakout star on “In Dwelling Colour.”
The hosts, who consumed the films, music and tv exhibits they talk about on their podcast individually again within the day, sound like siblings who shared the ground in entrance of their glowing tv set and watched the occasions collectively. The pair labored collectively on “Sturdy Black Legends,” a Netflix podcast that focuses on well-known Black actors, however by no means earlier than as co-hosts.
Ms. Clayton obtained her begin in audio in 2015, when BuzzFeed premiered “One other Spherical,” a podcast she hosted with Heben Nigatu. That includes company like Hillary Clinton and Issa Rae, it gained reputation shortly and was topped one of the best of 2015 by iTunes, Slate and The Atlantic. Nonetheless, BuzzFeed pulled the plug on the present in 2017.
“It obtained actually large and the cash that we had been being given to make the present didn’t,” Ms. Clayton mentioned, including that she and Ms. Nigatu are in ongoing talks with BuzzFeed for possession of the catalog.
“I used to be severely depressed for a few years after,” Ms. Clayton mentioned. “I used to be sort of left empty and didn’t know what to do or the place to show.”
She took the time to learn to relaxation and heal, she mentioned, however quickly missed sharing her tales. When she was requested by Jenna Weiss-Berman, a co-founder of Pineapple Road, to host “Sturdy Black Legends,” Ms. Clayton mentioned she initially didn’t need to do it. However “my pockets was like ‘Woman, you higher attempt,’” she mentioned. “After months, I obtained used to the water once more. I’m so glad and so blessed that I’m able to enter on this medium and this area.”
Mr. Gwynn, who began as an intern on the podcast studio earlier than graduating to producer and now host, had labored with Ms. Clayton on different podcasts earlier than. “The most effective phrases I’d use to explain our connection is straightforward,” Ms. Clayton mentioned. “You may blurt out what goes by way of my head.”
The hosts have the identical disposition in the case of popular culture. The labor of getting to determine if an individual is well-versed in the identical slices of popular culture as you might be doesn’t exist between them, they each mentioned. There isn’t any want to determine if one in every of them is sufficiently old to recollect the second. or in the event that they each watched a selected tv present: it’s simply identified.
“There may be much less psychological work that we have now to do to get to sq. one and that’s the place you construct,” Mr. Gwynn mentioned. “You’ve gotten a lot extra psychological actual property to be inventive.”
The podcast is supposed to be a balm for listeners coping with the nation’s present turmoil within the nation. The duo is trying to duplicate the pacifying impact they really feel once they rewatch an episode of “Dwelling Single,” a sitcom starring Queen Latifah that was a precursor to “Pals.”
“You’ve gotten your issues with work and life and there’s a variety of distressing issues happening however tv takes you again to your individual youth, which is one thing that may be interesting,” Tim Brooks, a tv and radio historian, mentioned. “It simply looks like a extra orderly world. A world the place you’ll be able to belief the federal government and police and public service. It brings again fond reminiscences for your self and likewise for the world.”
The hosts of “Again Difficulty” consider that revisiting content material, because it’s now referred to as, from yesteryear will help some assuage the anxieties of right this moment. For a lot of, together with Mr. Gwynn, turning on a brand new movie makes him really feel like “the stakes are too excessive,” however watching one thing from his childhood works.
“There’s a motive these moments caught with us and why they’re so elementary,” he mentioned.